Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Back To School Little-Lunchbox-Delight

Don't they just make you smile? Maybe laugh? Maybe frown? Maybe confused?
With everybody preparing to go back to school, my photographer B and I decided to bake something special and simple for the students, including the photographer herself.
When it came to putting on the decorations for these little treats we just had to make every one of them unique. No doggie has the same facial expression as another.
I hope these doggies will cheer on their recipients as they all return to school tomorrow. The first day of school can sometimes be daunting, or maybe exciting, or an adventure. 
Though it's a recipe I've baked before, this was another memorable bake because we had chocolate sticks to decorate with!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Something A Little Tangy

Ever since I came back from Melbourne I have been on a search for an orange poppy seed cake recipe. I don't remember having orange poppy seed cakes ever since I can remember, but when I had a slice of an orange poppy seed cake in Melbourne I just wanted to recreate the recipe.
So I've been on the hunt for an orange poppy seed cake recipe and here it is; an easy and moist orange poppy seed cake. 
At first it seems like an ordinary cupcake but when you take a bite out of it, there is this subtle citrus taste- slightly tangy, slightly bitter, but mostly sweet and yet not too overpowering flavour.
Seeing so many oranges in the fruit bowl makes me smile. Oranges filled with vitamin C, fresh and juicy.
Orange Poppy Seed Cupcakes
Makes 48

1 large orange
185 grams butter
3 eggs whisked
1 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
2 tablespoons

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and prepare a mini muffin or cupcake tin with 48 molds.
2. Puree orange in food processor(I used a blender and put the eggs inside too).
3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy then add the eggs slowly while continuously beating then add the orange puree and mix.
4. Add the flour and poppy seed and fold into the wet mixture.
5. Equally divide mixture between 48 molds.
6. Bake 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius, or check by using a skewer to poke the inside of the cupcake and see any mixture is attached to it, if not then the cupcakes are ready. Let cool and enjoy (;

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Happy Chinese New Year

I know I posted these kind of late but it has been an eventful week. It's been too hot this summer to have a steam boat so we made an assorted sushi platter, crispy spring rolls, Chinese BBQ pork sausages, potato salad, and a soy sauce beef and broccoli stir fry. Unfortunately we only got these pictures before the evening rolled on and guests started arriving. With busy hands we wrapped, mixed, cooked, washed, cut, and positioned ingredients and items on plates. It almost felt like a chef's kitchen as my mom yelled orders up and we followed through immediately.

I don't know how my mom does it, but she never really uses a recipe. Just improvisation, innovation and intuition. Haha...cooking is not rocket science, just years of experience and a mother's work of art. But I still prefer baking at this point in time.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012


I can finally pronounce it: Oh-na-mi-ya!
It's a really nice little Japanese restaurant nearby home with really nice bento box set meals, but I have to bring your attention to the dessert of course. It's the green tea panna cotta. A nice little to dessert to finish off the meal with a subtle matcha taste which actually goes well in the form of a panna cotta.
It's pretty too...
It was a nice evening to catch up with friends over a satisfying meal.
For more reviews on Ohnamiya visit here.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Had a Break.

Since the beginning of this year I've been having so many other people's bakes that have put a big sweet smile on  my face. I haven't had access to an oven since I went to Melbourne, but now I understand why Melbourne is such a great place for venturing for something to excite your taste buds. Unfortunately I had no camera either so I can't show you, but I can tell you the sweet treats that I had were "made with love" as quoted from the chef. Okay...so I found one photo of the last dessert we had...cheesecake!
Photography by Tray (:

 I only got back last week, and I did my first bake yesterday which were some egg tarts again but they disappeared before I could take a picture of them. Anyways we also had two birthday boys two days ago, or should I say two men who were spoiled with FOUR cakes!

One of them baked this lemon cake himself which was a tangy lemon sponge cake. It was actually my uncle who baked it. Nobody would ever guess. After I took a bite of it, I felt somewhat enlightened. Fluffy, zesty, and tasty. The decorations were so cute and simple too. I shall have to ask for the recipe another day (:

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